Scrivener 3.0 Beta

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Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:22 pm Post

With the release of Scrivener 3.0 for Mac, we're excited to give you a taste of what's coming for Windows! Our tireless developers have been hard at work for a long while now making the jump from Windows 1.x to 3.0, and although we still have a ways to go, we think you're going to be impressed.

Scrivener 3.0 has an overhauled UI with fresh icons and modern Windows 10 look and introduces a number of new features including:

  • Freeform corkboard and Arrange by Label view
  • Snapshot manager and snapshot comparison
  • Bookmarks, which replace the 1.x references and allow documents to be viewed and edited directly in the inspector
  • Quick Reference windows and copyholders to open multiple documents
  • Many search improvements, including RegEx
  • Improved importers and exporters
  • A new spell-check dictionary :) (We're now using Hunspell)
  • Support for the .fountain format
  • A styles system
  • Additional custom metadata types
  • And much more...

System Requirements and Compatibility
  • Scrivener 3 requires Windows 7 or above.
  • Scrivener 3's file format has been updated and is not backwards-compatible with Scrivener 1. When you open a Scrivener 1 project in Scrivener 3, you will be prompted to update the project, after which you will not be able to open it in Scrivener 1 (although a backup will be made before the update).

Installing 1.9.7 and 3.0 Beta Side by Side
It is possible to have both 1.9.7 and the Scrivener 3.0 beta installed simultaneously, but you will need to choose a different location during the installation process (e.g. change the default "Scrivener" folder name to "Scrivener3"). We suggest also changing the name of 1.9.7 shortcuts before installing Scrivener 3 to prevent the new installation overwriting them.

Please note that at this time, only the most recently installed Scrivener version will appear in the Windows Programs list, and double-clicking a project file will attempt to open it in that version. You can instead drag the project file icon onto the appropriate app icon for the version you want or use File > Open... within Scrivener to access the project.

General Beta-Testing Information
The beta is still very much a work in progress, so though we're pleased to give you a chance to start poking around and checking out what's coming, we do not recommend using it for major projects yet. Make regular backups and expect to find bugs!

For those Mac 3.0 users who want to continue working cross-platform, an alternative option is to use File > Export > as Scrivener 2 Project... to create a copy of the project that can be opened and edited in Windows 1.9.7, then upgraded back to 3.0 on Mac.

Reporting Bugs
We appreciate your help improving Scrivener through beta testing. When reporting bugs please:

  1. Report bugs in the Windows Beta Testing forum, so that other users can see what has already been reported. (If you need to send additional information privately, e.g. a copy of a project for testing, you can email it to AT literatureandlatte DOT com and include "BETA" in the subject line. Please include a link to the forum post that explains the bug.)
  2. Create separate topics for each bug. This will help us track and file the reports and make it easier for other users to see what bugs have already been reported than a single post with multiple items.
  3. Title the topic as descriptively as possible and include "Bug:" at the start of the title.
  4. Raise issues only once. As best you can, please search the forum before posting to see if someone else has already reported the bug. If you have more information, add it to the existing thread.
  5. Include as much information as you're able, while keeping the report concise and step-by-step where possible. It is extremely helpful if you are able to reproduce a bug and write out the reproduction steps so the developers can see it themselves. Please try quitting and restarting Scrivener, then attempt to reproduce the bug in a blank project. If you cannot reproduce it in a blank project but can consistently reproduce it in a project containing data, the project data or settings are probably involved in the issue, so we will most likely need to see a copy of the project.
  6. When reporting a bug, please include all the following information:
    • Beta version number. You can find this at the bottom of the Help > About Scrivener dialog.
    • Windows version
    • For bugs relating to saving issues, permission errors, or potential dataloss please also include:
      • Whether you are using a standard or administrator Windows user account
      • Whether the project is saved in a synced location, e.g. a Dropbox folder, OneDrive folder, or a folder that is mirrored to another hard drive
      • Any security or automatic backup software you are running

After you've reported the bug, please be patient! We will work through the reports as quickly as possible and ensure all the bugs are logged for the developers. Although we aren't able to give estimates on when a bug will be fixed, rest assured that if we've marked the bug as filed, it is on the developers' radar.

While we value all feedback and may take it on board for the future, we're not looking for new feature suggestions during this beta-testing period--our goal right now is to reach parity with the macOS Scrivener 3.0 as much as possible and create a rock-solid app for release.

Known Issues
We are still implementing features and ironing out bugs, so you should expect to find things that aren't working quite as intended. A few issues to be aware of in the current beta:

  • Though we have the interface set up for the new compiler, it is not yet fully functional.
  • Documents in Scrivenings mode cannot currently be edited.
  • There is currently a display bug we are still working to fix whereby text in one editor may temporarily disappear after loading or adjusting the text display in a different editor. Resizing the editor will cause the text to reappear.
  • Project templates have not yet been updated for 3.0, so are not taking advantage of new features and may have some outdated content.
  • Upgraded 1.x projects may open with an incorrect Navigate > Binder Selection Affects setting. If clicking items in the binder is not loading them in the editor as you expect, please check this to set it properly.

We have not yet updated the user manual, so the beta still contains the old 1.9.7 manual. We have however included an updated interactive tutorial, which we recommend working through to familiarise yourself with the new features.

At present, Scrivener 3 is making use of some older translation files from 1.x. If you're interested in translating the interface for 3.0, please drop us an email at AT literatureandlatte DOT com.

And Finally...
Thank you! It's been a long time coming, with a lot more to go, but your enthusiasm and support of Scrivener has been tremendous and motivating through long, hair-tearing hours before a computer screen. We hope you like this first glimpse of Scrivener 3 for Windows!

Download Link
Beta 1 -
This beta will run through 23 December 2017. New betas will be posted here; please check Help > About Scrivener to ensure you are using the most recent version.
Jennifer Hughes
(MM for short)